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January 1, 2014

Frozen in Time

St. John's Prep hockey has thrill of a lifetime playing at Fenway Park

BOSTON — It hit St. John’s Prep hockey captain Jimmy Currier when the team’s vintage 1947 jerseys were unveiled and distributed to he and his teammates.

Freshman goaltender Zach Laramie just told himself to stay even keeled as the National Anthem played and he stood behind the pipes. Winger Teddy McNamara couldn’t believe how big the Green Monster was and said he spent a lot of time looking up at the Jumbotron. Six-foot-4 senior defenseman Ean Mendeszoon said it hit him right before the opening faceoff, when he realized he’d be playing where fellow hulking blueliner Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins played against the Philadelphia Flyers, one day short of exactly four years ago.

And for St. John’s Prep hockey coach Kristian Hanson, the thought that he could be standing outside of a hockey rink in the middle of Fenway Park, with his 6-year-old son Owen next to him, getting his team ready to play an actual game there was “mind boggling.”

Those, and many, many more stories like them, will be the memories that will be forever remembered by the St. John’s Prep hockey family. The Eagles had a chance to play at America’s oldest ballpark yesterday after as part of the ‘Frozen Fenway’ series, and while they fell to their Catholic Conference rivals from Malden Catholic, 3-1, they took away something far greater.

“Just to always be able to say we played a hockey game here is amazing, something none of us will ever forget,” said Currier, who likened skating on the Fenway ice surface to skating on the pond behind his Middleton home. “It was a surreal feeling. And to play against a great team like MC that are our rivals, it just made the whole day that much better.”

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